Book Review: Coming Attractions by: Bobbi Marolt

Rating: 4/5

Publisher:  Bold Strokes Books

Publish Date: August 14, 2012

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Format:  Trade Paperback

Order From:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Bold Strokes Books

Synopsis: It's been three years since Helen Townsend has made love to a woman, three years that she's buried herself in work as a successful columnist for one of New York's top newspapers. At last, she admits she's tired of loneliness, of being closeted, and her column reflects her restlessness. Enter Princess Charming in the shapely form of gifted concert pianist Cory Chamberlain, and Helen embraces love once again. But when notables from Hollywood to Broadway give Helen their approval to perform in a star-studded, all lesbian and gay show, will Helen and Cory find happiness when one yearns to break out of the closet and breathe free, while the other fears that will destroy her career?

Review: Helen Townsend’s column is starting to reflect her inner conflict. She’s feeling as if it’s time to come out of the closet after living so long with her privacy. As it's been years since her partner passed away from cancer, she’s also starting to realize she’s ready for a new relationship. A green-eyed woman who has gone out of her way to capture Helen’s attention may be just the person to help her with both. What if Cory changes her mind and doesn’t support Helen’s decision to come out based on her own fears?

‘Coming Attractions’ is an interesting romance novel. Especially since the decision to come out affects many more people than just the person coming out. I loved the characters and the situations they found themselves in felt very real. The situations felt so real because they do happen every day. Sometimes the risk to come out is too great – depending on the person’s location, career, or situation. Yet sometimes it’s far riskier to stay in the closet because you are not being true to yourself. Sure, there were times I wanted to shake both Cory and Helen, but the frustration can be part of the growing pains of a new relationship. Ultimately, ‘Coming Attractions’ is a sweet romance with characters you will definitely become attached to by the end. 


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